From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 5—This picture book addresses 11 socioeconomic issues, including health, education, justice, wealth, and the environment that pertain to African-American children and their families. Illustrated with collages of smiling youngsters on abstract backgrounds, each spread has a brief poem that begins, "I dream for you a world." The text itself is slight, with significant information given in the foreword and in the densely packed appendix. While this is a useful introduction to "issues of importance" as identified by Tavis Smiley in Covenant with Black America
(Third World, 2006), most children will need adult assistance to sort out the specifics of becoming Covenant Kids. This book raises awareness of many problems in society, and the specific action statements are empowering but not age specific. Children can learn their history and make a family tree, but suggestions such as supporting black colleges and buying computers are beyond their reach. This picture book may be best used by caring adults who want to share their dreams of a better world for all.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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“If the Covenant is going to have long-term meaning, we cannot omit our children from the bigger picture of changing the landscape for their future. Share this book with them. Let it be the first step that we encourage our children to take toward accountability for designing their dreams and building a better tomorrow.” —Tavis Smiley, author, The Covenant with Black America